retreat space

Reducing Overwhelm

Finding calm and flow

This Urban Retreat day is designed to be relaxing, fun, informative, and very practical. Set amongst the beautiful gum trees in Warrandyte, giving you the opportunity to unplug completely in a safe nurturing environment.

On this day’s journey we will be exploring Meditation, Mindfulness, Self Compassion & EFT (Emotional Freedom techniques) also known as tapping.

You will learn a little bit about the science, research and technology and then get to practice these wonderful modern and ancient techniques in a gorgeous, natural setting.

You will be equipped with effective ways to incorporate these skills into your everyday life whether you are at work or home and you will also be able to share what you have learnt with your students, patients, clients or even your family and colleagues

We will introduce you to a range of techniques to help you reduce the overwhelm, enabling you to discover what works best for you.

We want you to be able to find your way through the challenges in life and experience calm and flow whenever and wherever you are.

Retreat Details

Date: Sunday 28th March 2021 Time: 9.30am- 5.00pm

Destination: North Warrandyte Family Centre 184 Research-Warrandyte Road, North Warrandyte 3113  View Map

Investment: $295

7.5 hours CPD (Available for Nurses)

Places are limited due to current COVID restrictions

What is included:

Tea and coffee all day, Morning tea complimentary, a printed workbook/ journal, a certificate of attendance with CPD hours and a full day of learning and relaxing.

What is not included:

Lunch – lunch is BYO (there is a fridge and microwave), yoga mats, rugs , pillows you will need to bring these items for your comfort during the deep relaxation, layers of clothes are always advisable due t the unpredictability of Melbourne weather.

A Preview of the day!

9.15pm – Arrive and registration (and early cuppa)

9.30am – Welcoming circle – the start of our days journey together.

9.45am – Mindfulness – Intro to Self compassion Mindfulness – Discussion and Meditation

10.20am – Intro to EFT / Emotional Freedom technique – Discussion then Tap and breathe

11.00am – First break – complimentary morning tea

11.30am – Heart focussed Meditation – introducing HeartMath – Demonstration and techniques – “Much like electricity changed the outer world, learning to harness the power and intelligence of the heart will change our inner world.“   — Howard Martin (HeartMath)

12.15pm – Deep relaxation – starting with a quick stretch followed by a short discussion on the value of relaxation and then opportunity to experience deep relaxation – Please bring Yoga mat or rug and a pillow or bolster and blanket for comfort as this will be best experienced on the floor but a chair option will also be available.

1.00pm– Lunch break – BYO Lunch – (Fridge available for storage and microwave for heating available), you will need to drive to closest cafe at least 5 minutes away – 1 hour mindful pause, opportunity to practice mindful eating.

2.00pm – A welcome back Tap and Breath quick exercise.

2.10pm – Exploring your emotional guidance system – Soul values exercise – digging deep to uncover what is important to you at your soul level and then explore how you can infuse these values through your everyday life.

2.50pm – This time will be an opportunity to ask questions, gain clarity and journal then a short 2 minute meditation .

3.20pm – Mindfulness exercise – silent exercise of your choice – a silent sensory walk in nature, mindful colouring or a quiet cup of tea.

3.40pm – EFT – Deepening your practice – working in pairs you will have the opportunity to lead and then experience a tapping session working on a petty annoyance something that you are comfortable with – this will give you the confidence to continue practicing on your own.

4.30pm – Question opportunity and then sharing from the heart complete your day’s journey with a closing circle.

Who will be leading this day?

Karen Bradford and Sarah O’Donnell have the great privilege of being your guides on the wonderful mindful journey of relaxation and releasing. to learn more about Karen and Sarah please click here

Frequently asked questions:

Who should attend?

If you have been wondering how to start meditating, and how it might help you? Or you have been feeling stress or overwhelm and want to find ways to feel calmer? Then this is the day for you.  This is the chance to experience a range of techniques that may start you on the journey of being able to manage your own stress in a fun and gentle way.

What is EFT /Emotional Freedom technique or Tapping?

EFT is a technique that combines talk therapy and acupressure to relieve stress in the body. When we lower stress in the body we alleviate a range of disorders that can occur.  EFT is a powerful self-applied stress reduction (tapping on parts of the face and body) based on extensive research that can be used to relieve stress, anxiety, food and weight issues such as craving and over eating, chronic pain, and insomnia, to name just a few.

What is meditation?

Sometimes it is easier to describe what meditation is not! Meditation will not stop you from thinking, and will not instantly clear your mind! It will not be a magical experience that is instantly life changing (we cannot promise lightening bolts).

Meditation is a range of techniques that need to be practiced, allowing you to reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness, and positive wellbeing. Not one meditation technique will sort all people. The great thing about a retreat day like ours is that you can experience a range of techniques and find what suits you, allowing for some more exploration.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the ability to be present, and experience the here and now. Being mindful gives you the opportunity to be engaged fully in whatever you are doing in the moment. Mindfulness throughout the day could be the simplest tool you can learn to overcome your overwhelm.

Do you have to close your eyes during meditation?

You do not have to close your eyes, during meditation or EFT.  Throughout the day we will work with each individual to help them find what works best for them when meditating. During an EFT session we would usually advise people to keep their open to ensure that a connection stays in place with the person leading the session.

What is Self Compassion Mindfulness?

 Kristin Neff has defined self-compassions being composed of three main components: 1) Self-kindness – being kind to your self for no other reason but there is pain or suffering. 2) Common Humanity – recognising you are not alone in this, others are also experiencing this. 3) Mindfulness – being aware of your pain and suffering.

What is HeartMath?

HeartMath Institute (HMI) is an innovative non-profit research and education organization. HeartMath products, tools and techniques are based on over 25 years of scientific research conducted at the HeartMath Institute on the psychophysiology of stress, emotions, and the interactions between the heart and brain.

In 1991 Dr. Andrew Armour, made a very important discovery! The heart has its own “little brain“ approximately 40,000 neurons (called sensory neurites). The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. The Neurons in the heart have both short term and long term memory, and the signals they send to the brain can affect our emotional experiences.

The techniques that they have created and researched as simple, easy to apply and very effective at creating a coherent state between the Heart and Brain. HeartMath research has shown that with only 3 minutes of coherent breathing changes our chemistry for up to 6 hours.

What is Ho’oponopono?

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of healing through self forgiveness. We can learn a lot about forgiveness from this ancient and powerful tradition. Ho’o means ‘to make‘ and pono ‘right‘ – the double use of pono means with both yourself and others. The ancient Haiwaiins understood that harbouring negative emotions like anger and resentment only hurts the person who can’t forgive, this is not about right or wrong but a symbolic way to cut the connection to that event or person that is causing us pain.

It is a beautiful, simple and very effective technique. During the day we will learn more about the  Ho’oponopono and how it can be used in everyday life.

Is any of this Religious or does it clash with religious beliefs?

Despite its Buddhist roots,mindfulness is not specific to any religious faith. Mindfulness is a something we all on average do about 53% in our day. Regardless, core to almost all religions is the notion of the contemplative life. By turning inwards, people of faith have revelations, clarity, and courage. By exploring the interior space, one’s connection with their faith is strengthened, along with taking part in other faith-specific activities. Mindfulness, as taught in this retreat, is simply about developing our ability to be fully present moment to moment without judgement and thus is compatible with religious faiths.

Sarah and Karen will not be basing the sessions on a particular religion, rather general spiritual practice.

What happens if I have allergies to food?

We will do our best to provide a morning tea that is suitable for most people, please advise us when booking of any allergies. However we suggest that if you have severe allergies that you may like to bring your own morning tea.

With COVID still a factor in our lives we have decided that it would be best for people to bring along their own lunch. There is a lovely deck that you will be able to sit on for lunch or a five minute drive to the cafes of Warrandyte.

What happens if there is another COVID lockdown?

Your safety is the utmost importance to us, so if restrictions suggest that we should not go ahead with this date, we will organise another date. If the next date is not suitable for you then we will happily refund your money and offer the place to someone on our waiting list.

I have some questions or I am not sure if this the right day for me?

Feel free to give Karen (0406338959) or Sarah (0408391304)  a call and have a chat. We would be more than happy to talk through your questions and concerns